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Leader of Asylum Fraud Conspiracy Sentenced

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 10, 2010
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania (215) 861-8200

PHILADELPHIA—David Lynn, 35, of Holland, PA, was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for leading an asylum fraud scheme that netted him and five co-defendants millions of dollars in illegal profits, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Lynn pleaded guilty, In October 2008, to one count of conspiracy, one count of visa/asylum fraud, one count of money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Lynn, who was charged with five co-defendants, ran a business that filed at least 380 bogus asylum applications for clients, between January 2003, and March 2007, charging an average of $8,000 for an application.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered forfeiture in the amount of $1.7 million in cash and assets.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General’s Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Inspector General for Housing and Urban Development; with support from the Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, Department of State Diplomatic Security Services, the Northampton Township Police Department, and the Upper Southampton Township police.

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terri A. Marinari.